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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: February 23, 2011, 04:12 PM »
Oh the Prius would probably win hands down.  If Top Gear were a show that accurately assessed cars, then SpongeBob is a show about cooking.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: February 23, 2011, 02:12 PM »
I saw an episode of the BBC show Top Gear from a couple years ago where they put 1 gallon of gas in a Prius and 1 gallon in a BMW 3 series.  A driver got in the Prius and drove it as fast as it would go around the private race track they have on the show and another driver drove the 3 series.  The second driver merely had to keep up with the Prius (not hard considering the BMW turns, handles, accelerates much better).  Once the Prius ran out of gas the BMW kept going at the same pace and ended up going significantly further than the Prius (even though the Prius has much higher MPG numbers).  It was a nice illustration of it mattering how you drive, almost as much as it matters what you drive, if you are looking for good mileage numbers.

I had a '91 CRX where I got 45+ mpg on the highway.  It didn't have cruise control though; which made trips home from college labor intensive.

The Vintage Collection / Re: How Much is Too Much?
« on: February 21, 2011, 04:21 PM »
Without straying too far into "pit" specific talk, the reason that the price for Chinese goods are rising isn't because the dollar is depreciating, its because the Chinese have made atleast show efforts to stop manipulating the renminbi.  Meaning they are actually letting the value of their currency rise; some.  Which means you need more dollars to purchase goods made in China.

Higher commodity prices don't have a 1:1 relationship with rising consumer prices.  Action figures have a significant portion of their cost tied in the labor costs.  Which is to say the Hasbro (or freelance) sculptors, the factory workers, the packaging designers, the marketing people, the people that stock the figures, etc.  For the most part those costs haven't been escalating.  Of the $8+ of the cost of the action figure the actual value of the plastic contained in the figures is only a few cents.

It's inaccurate to state that the higher commodity prices directly lead to higher consumer prices.  Its only true for consumer items where the underlying commodity makes up the majority of the price structure.  For goods where the majority of the price is tied up in non-commodity components (for example items with a high labor content), price increases can only rise when inflation gets baked in (ie when we see increases to core inflation).

Hasbro has realized that the Vintage line sells at $8-$9 at a rate sufficient that they think they'll increase their margins if the increase prices to the $9-$10 range.  Similarly Walmart and Target have realized that they are leaving money on the table and not gaining market share by pricing their figures lower.  Its not a commodity story, its just business.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Y-Wing Starfighter
« on: February 21, 2011, 11:56 AM »
Yeah, I think the Shadow ARC-170 proved that repaints at Hasbro's large ship pricepoint of ~$70 won't sell.  (I know, the ARC sold just fine when it was released for ROTS for ~$35, but Hasbro wants to sell these ships for ~$70..).

I know I didn't buy until it was about 30% of that price...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Y-Wing Starfighter
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:03 AM »
I finally opened up the one I bought, at KMart clearance about three months ago, over the weekend.  I love this sucker.  I too have bent nose guns (or else they were aligned by Lt. A$$h%le....  ;D)

My four year old and I spent the weekend engaging in dogfights between my 3 3/4" CW Y-Wing and his Galactic Heroes CW Y-Wing.  Needless to say he found it much funnier when his ship shot down mine and his seemed oddly impervious to damage (I think he was cheating).

I like the design, especially for the price I got it at.  Maybe I should pick up a second at TJ Maxx clearance and give it a red paint job...  Oh well, wishful thinking.

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Jedi Force
« on: February 18, 2011, 11:42 AM »
OK, I guess my opinion is mellowing on these, a bit.  I really liked the GH line, but if some of the ships are going to be reused GH molds (I didn't really believe it until I compared the yellow Jedi fighter shown at TF to the existing GH one) or atleast vaguely compatible, I see a few I'll be picking up (is it too much to hope that they'll "reuse" to AT-ST mold as part of Jedi Force?  Yes, but I can hope...).  I'm still not excited about the figures, but I'm a bit outside Hasbro's target demo, so maybe my boys will like them...

I guess its positive that Hasbro is still looking for ways to renew interest in SW toys, right?

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: 2011 Disney Star Tours Box Sets
« on: February 17, 2011, 04:32 PM »
The red and grey droid looks like something from Wall-E.

I like both sets, but I probably won't like the price...  And since they are probably only going to be available inside the Disney Studios and Disneyland (as opposed to Downtown Disney; I'll be going down to visit my parents this winter and we probably will visit Dt Disney, but not the parks..), I'll probably miss them.

I'm such a sucker for Stormtroopers with unique decos...  :-[

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Dewback w/Sandtrooper
« on: February 17, 2011, 08:45 AM »
I haven't see one since this time last year.  There was one Wally that still had a couple of AT-STs clearanced, at regular price, that finally moved sometime just before this past Christmas.

I think the new Tie Bomber is going to take their place.  All the Wally's near me either didn't get it in until after Christmas (and its stocked an the opposite side of the isle half way down from the SW toys...) or has them clearanced for regular price.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Top Ten Most Hated Figures Ever
« on: February 16, 2011, 04:43 PM »

10. Lucas Family
 my comment at this set being a major Lucas indulgence with a huge touch of Hasbro groveling.

Even the figures seem embarrassed that they exist....

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Questions for Hasbro?
« on: February 15, 2011, 01:00 PM »
Thanks Jeff.  I had missed and/or forgotten about those replies.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Sticker UPCs?
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:59 PM »
Yeah, I got the AOTC Anakin and it was the same way; sticker UPC.

This was at a Target in upstate NY.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Questions for Hasbro?
« on: February 15, 2011, 10:57 AM »

At Toy Fair it was announced that the Galactic Heroes line has ended.  Any word if, when and where the Galactic Heroes AT-ST might see a stateside release?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars RC Republic Tank
« on: February 15, 2011, 10:29 AM »
I think its a new mold.  Atleast the area below the cheek guns is completely different that in the non-RC version (on that tank there are little storage doors that open up), also in the older version the lower set of windows on the cockpit have gullwing doors that open, the RC version appears only have the one door that opens forward.  Also the center hull looks a little higher...

Not sure about the size or other details, but the rest of the tank looks similar to the old version.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars RC Republic Tank
« on: February 14, 2011, 04:13 PM »
I just picked up the regular/non-RC version of the Republic Fighter Tank over the weekend (which I really like), so I was surprised to see pictures of an RC version when I checked out the TF pictures.  I was quickly scanning through all the pictures, so I didn't notice that it is RC, at first, and thought they had redone the tank with bigger cheek guns.  I like the current version and since my kids have had less than enthusiastic responses to RC generally, I think I'll pass, but this certainly would lend to more interactive play.  A cool concept and I hope it does well.

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